|Directed by||Rajesh Lingam|
|Produced by||N. C. Manikandan|
|Written by||Rajesh Lingam|
|Music by||Gangai Amaran|
|Editing by||B. Lenin|
|Release date(s)||01 January 2010|
Pugaippadam (English: Photograph) is a 2010 Indian Tamil memoir-drama film written and directed by newcomer Rajesh Lingam, starring Priya Anand of Vaamanan fame along with 6 newcomers, namely Amjad, Harish, Sivam, Nandha, Mrinalini and Yamini, in lead roles. The film was released on 1 January 2010.
The film was announced in May 2008,with the director being an associate of Selvaraghavan. The cast was comprised almost entirely of newcomers with the male lead, Amjad, being associated with Radio One. Priya Anand, whose second film Vaamanan released before Pugaippadam, was also introduced. A noted orator and professor Gnanasambandham was announced to don an important role in this film, whilst Gangai Amaran, was chosen to score the music.
Upon release, the film received mixed reviews. A reviewer from Behindwoods.com claimed that the overall the film "does manage to live up to the liveliness and energy that we associate with a campus movie" with the first half being "colorful and enjoyable with humor mixed at places", also giving praise to the "touching" climax. However, the reviewer goes on to claim that the "entire movie appears episodic and fragmented" with the flow is "definitely missing at many places, which is a sore point". The cast also received mixed reviews with Shanmugasundaram’s role being criticized whilst Venkat, appearing as a professor, "fits the bill" whilst the young debut stars "have done their parts well".
The crew of the film was adjudged by Behindwoods to have handled the camera "very well, capturing the scenic beauty of the landscape". Whilst the director, Rajesh Lingam, has "proved that he has the right stuff in him to make good movies if he gets the right material". Music by Gangai Amaran was also appreciated, with the song Oru Kudaiyil, being singled out by the reviewer.
The soundtrack was composed by music director Gangai Amaran.
|Soundtrack by Gangai Amaran|
|Released||June 24, 2009|
|1.||"Pennilamae Onnumilae"||Krish, Balaji, MK|
|2.||"Oru Kudayil Payanam"||Venkat Prabhu, Prashanthini|
|3.||"Vaan Nilavudhaan"||Vijay Yesudas|
|4.||"Idhu Kanavo Idhu Nijamo"||S. P. Balusubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra|
|5.||"Odaikanum Odaikunam"||Haricharan, Vijay Yesudas|